Not another milky coral! As if there weren’t enough invading your screen online. Yes, another one, one that matches me perfectly. Best described as a pomelo or ripe guava pink, Color Club’s Pro Nail Lacquer in 740 is actually a terribly streaky formula (you didn’t see that coming did you…) but this was a case wherein the color was so darn perfect I’ve justified dealing with that to wear it. I’ve adjusted it only a little by pouring some Bobbie white in to thicken it, because the formula was too runny (possibly Color Club stock that was left on the shelves for too long), after my quick mix it settled and worked better, the color didn’t change too much, hardly noticeable lighter difference. It’s just a little bit more bright in real life vs. these photos, I think a close match (and probably better formula) would be Orly’s Pixy Stix.
The special thing I noticed about this particular shade, when worn against fair to medium skin, is at night the color amps up miraculously. It isn’t a true fluoro, neon, glow-in-the-dark or any of that jazz…something about it just naturally amps up visually come nighttime. So it’s a sweet shade during the day, but somehow at night…and I really don’t know how, it’s an optical effect, artificial lights hit this and it’s ready to party.
Color Club polishes are everywhere locally, they’re at Bench pharmacies like PCX and First Aid and also in SM Watsons beauty floors. The quality isn’t consistent per color so this is probably one of the OFF ones that’s been sitting there too long. What I’ve also found in trying to make this streaky Color Club formula work is that Caronia’s Nail Hardening Base Coat works just as many wonders as a top coat…funnily enough even better than their actual Top Coat (which bubbled up on me…annoying). The Caronia base coat used as a top coat even made some fingerprint and small nick accidents after application disappear. The only catch is the base coat is not as fast drying as a true top coat so you have to wait longer but patience pays off. It can help well loved shades with ugly formulas work for you. Color Club “Frills” also a deadringer for Benefit Cosmetics’ signature coral-ly pink, that’s the most familiar color comparison I can give I think. Color Club Frills cost under Php220 from PCX Alabang.
I’ve just painted remnants of creamy beach shores on my nails. I’ve reviewed the Zoya Pixie Dust polish before in the shade Vespa. This is the latte nude version in Godiva. Juicy high shine gel finishes are complete stunners and quite fun but can be eventually overrated after awhile I think, after a few nicks and scratches on the way out you’re bound to fret. As I mentioned before when it came to the whole caviar nail fever that hit last year I was a total snob…not interested in the slightest even though I tried to read up on it simply because it was super not my type. I didn’t mind the idea of painting variations of texture over my nails to change it up (I still like glossy finishes, just get bored) but a more subtle curveball had to do the job, something a little more like this.
The finish is a sandy matte grain with infused micro glitter, as always with Zoya it looks sophisticated. The polish itself is a little more runny than standard formulas only because it dries to different finish, it still coats evenly if you don’t over apply, just wipe the brush excess on the mouth of the bottle before applying each layer. It’s best to let two minutes pass before applying the wave of second coats. What you’re looking at is two coats applied over a Caronia basecoat. If you’re on for texture then no topcoat required. When the shade isn’t in direct daylight it’s the color of a creamy latte and I love that it’s neither too yellow nor too cool of a nude, it’s pretty neutral. This cost Php550.00 via Ebay PH and details for where I sourced Zoya Pixie Dust polishes are here in my previous post where I featured the green shade Vespa.
Because of my long kept frustration that YSL’s Jade Imperial shade (ever since I spottedbit on Xiao’s Messy Wands blog) is a beautiful wearable shade of green but is a luxury polish unavailable here, something had to be done. YSL’s Jade Imperial costs about $25.00. I hesitate in buying many luxury nail polishes though I wouldn’t mind landing money on a few more Essie bottles. I perused the aisles of local department stores and spotted Caress’s Sea Green polish (Php23.75) which was about 2-3 shades darker (aptly a “Frankenstenish” hue) but the perfect green tone. I also already had Bobbie premium polish in Pure White (Php33.00++). I knew something could be done I decided to “franken” (custom mix) my own bottle of Jade Imperial using cheaper polishes. Behold the birthchild of my resolve.
YSL’s Jade Imperial is not a mint green if you see it here in Xiao’s post, it’s got more grey or grunge to it. It’s similar to Essie’s Sew Psyched…kind of like a pastel army hue. Because the Caress polish is runny and too dark by bout 3 shades I married about half a teaspoon of Bobbie Pure White into it straight from the bottle and gave it a good strong shake (about 3-4x). You may need to pour out a little afterwards if there is overflow. If ever my mix was a little off it’s only slightly not as cool as Jade Imperial because of the tone of Sea Green, but as a result this matches my less cool skin better. So my total first frankening attempt cost me Php58.00 in total. When my mom first spotted my nails this morning at breakfast with no clue about the YSL polish, frankening, or my plan put together she suddenly said as if on cue “It looks like Jade…”. I beamed with success and said “Exactly…”
Last year women abroad pulled Essie’s Mint Candy apple off shelves in droves. There is evidently something mesmeric about pastel, macaron-inspired shades. It’s almost like…given how perfect the shades are, you can almost taste what you see. These women (you included?) all just went mad for either mint or coral pink that season. The thing about Essie’s cool mint shade last year is that it was delightfully sweet looking on fingertips…fair slash pale fingertips that is. One look at Mint Candy Apple and I knew it was too pasty light a mint green for my medium oriental undertone hands to wear with grace…it was also too (groans) what’s the word…green (lol). This similar (but in no way a dupe) shade by Estee Lauder is better on me.
With no voluntary search a better suited, on the nose Tiffany, robin’s egg mint blue shade entered my life when Estee Lauder invited me last time to a nail pampering session. Estee Lauder polishes might be high end and not commonly on your luxe nail brands to try list…but people should try these more because they have an AMAZING chip resist formula. It’s a thick formula but lasts longer than others and whatever shade it might be holds that lovely finish well beneath any light all the time. Lo and behold, Dilettante, this slightly deeper bluish mint came home with me in a random loot bag. This color will be available from Estee Lauder counters beginning April 2013, right smack in the middle of summer. See the sun?
Mom brought home these cute, dinky size nail polishes by CANMAKE in Japan. The lot of them don’t fail in spreading that bit of holiday glitz and cheer and make great stocking fillers. A few are sheer but build up well when layered but others like my sparkly blue jeans shade (yes, mine I say) are opaque from the first stroke. They’re from what I know pretty inexpensive, convert from ¥378 each (Php converts to approx. half the amount).
Mom got these from an IICOT outlet at a train station in Osaka but CANMAKE cosmetics is also available at Matsumoto Kiyoshi which is the Japanese equivalent of Watsons to us or Sasa and Bourjois in Hong Kong. She said you’ll find Matsumoto Kiyoshi, that familiar blue and yellow store, probably like after every 50 to a 100 steps and at almost every urban corner in Japan. More goodies from the land of the rising sun coming up, and soon, also fresh from Japan…the unveiling of my current holy grail foundation for 2012!